Update: July Favorites

For the first part of July, I was overwhelmed with paperwork and dreadful adulting tasks that I hope will become easier throughout the years. However, the later part of July was very relaxed, which I know I will have to compensate for next month!

Blog Posts:

I think that this month marks my most productive blogging month yet! I’m still trying to finalize some Drama Reviews of dramas I watched so far this year, so please stay tuned!

Update: June Favorites

What to Take to College

Fourth of July Weekend in Dallas

Freshman Dorm Tour

Drama Review: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

I Started a Medical Journey Journal 

Drama Review: Cambrian Period

Drama Review: Goblin

YouTube:


I love how all these concerts and KCON events are bringing Korean enthusiast YouTubers together. I love all of their personalities and interactions with each other.

Music:

There was so many music releases that I loved that I’m afraid would make this favorite list too long.

BTS released their “Come Back Home” MV early on this month. This song is actually a cover of Seo Taiji’s song. I love the cover, especially the high falsettos.

Okay, can we talk about how LIT Zico’s new album is? I love all his tracks in Television, but “Fanxy Child” is my favorite at the moment. It is also the cypher track featured in Show Me the Money, which is a rap competition show that I hope to start soon!

G.Soul’s “Bad Habit” is so calming. I love how relaxing his voice and beats are. He’s definitely one of the underrated RnB/Soul Korean artists out there. I hope he release singles with H1GHR MUSIC RECORDS soon!

AKMU has always been such a cute sibling duo. “Dinosaur” is an adorable fun summer song! “My Darling,” another released song is also bomb.  There’s something about their music that always leave me feeling happy!

After debuting in 1PUNCH with Samuel, One finally redebuted as a solo artist. I’m loving the groove in “Heyahe,” but “Getting By” is also a hit. I’m excited to see his future songs! Continue reading

Drama Review: Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

Three Miles, Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms/ Eternal Love/ Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

Ep: 58


Drama Reviews are coming, I’m telling you!

This drama has multiple names, but I got to say Three lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms is my favorite. Yes, the title is very long, but very beautiful. It details the story of the drama. Love withstands the span of three lives and three worlds. This drama is beautiful in each and every way!

This fantasy drama is based on a novel. There is an English version, To the Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi, that I need to get my hands on!

Crystal Liu and Yang Yang star in Once Upon a Time, the movie adaption of this drama that was released earlier this month! I have been dying to watch it, but it probably won’t be a few months until a good quality and subbed video is available online. If you know of any sources please let me know! As always, I will most likely still like the drama version more, because most movie are super condensed. But I can’t wait to see these two beautiful actress and actor on screen!

Bai Qian(Yang Mi) is the only daughter of the Fox King from the Qing Qiu Fox Tribe. At a young age, she disguised as a man named Si Yin and became the trouble maker, seventeenth disciple of Mo Yuan on Kun Lun Mountain. Tens of thousands of years later, she enters a trial after being injured while resealing Qing Cang in his “prison.” With no memory and power, she enters the human realm as a human named Su Su, who innocently falls in love with Ye Hua. After her trial, she returns back to her home as the Bai Qian, who meets Ye Hua again for the first time as the respected High Goddess and female monarch leader of Qing Qiu.

There was so many pretty pictures for this drama. Please do click to blow it up on your screen!

Mo Yuan(Mark Chao) is the famous God of War. He enters a brutal war with the Qing Cang(Lian Yi Ming), the king of the Ghost Tribe.

I think I’m going to be as brief as possible for my character introductions so as not to give anything away~

Ye Hua(Mark Chao) is the crown prince Black Dragon of the Celestial Tribe, the heir of the Nine Heavens. He is very responsible and mature for his age.

Li Jing(Zhang Bing Bing) is the second prince of the Ghost Tribe. Known to be a womanizer, he later falls in love for Si Yin. However, he betrays her only to realize that she is the only one he truly loved.

Xuan Nu(Zhu Xu Dan) is Bai Qian’s childhood friend. Envying Bai Qian’s beauty, she takes a potion that allows her to look exactly like Bai Qian. Coming from a lower status, she uses Bai Qian’s appearance to seduce Li Jing. She plays as a spy for the Ghost Tribe and becomes Li Jing’s bride. Continue reading

Drama Review: Goblin

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Goblin: the Lonely Great God

Ep:16

Long overdue drama review but here we go!

Kim Shin(Gong Yoo) was once a famous general who won the love of the people. Unfortunately, he was bestowed death by a jealous king. However, he was given a chance to live the rest of his life as a goblin, a lonely immortal who protects other souls, by a divinity. In order to end his lonely life, he must find his bride, who will remove the sword stuck inside of him. He continues to live on for hundreds of years carrying on all the sad memories alone. However, his life starts getting interesting when he encounters a young high school student, Ji Eun Tak(Kim Go Eun), calling herself as the Goblin’s Bride.

These episodes were so long, about 1.5 hours each! I was excited for this drama since it featured Gong Yoo. I loved his movie, Train to Busan, and decided to give this drama a try.

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Kim Shin(Gong Yoo) is a goblin who spends his life searching for his bride to relieve him from his curse. He is responsible for protecting souls and balance on earth.

252523525235Ji Eun Tak (KimGo Eun) is labeled as a missing soul since she was not meant to be born. The Goblin actually saved her pregnant mother during a car accident. As a result, she is able to see and talk to spirits.

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The Grim Reaper (Lee Dong Wook) is in charge of escorting dead souls to their next life. His house and the process of escorting deceased souls are beautiful. Each soul is given tea that allows him/her to forget all their memories of their previous life before moving forward. He has a special black fedora hat that prevents others from seeing him. Grim reapers have no memories of their previous lives. They have absolutely no name and identity.  Being a grim reaper is the punishment for committing the most deadly sin in their previous life.234124234.jpg

Can we just look how beautiful these two are in the picture above? The bromance between the Grim Reaper and Goblin is on point. Continue reading

Drama Review: Cambrian Period

Cambrian Period

Episodes: 24

Zhan Shi Li (Han Chin) is known to be of great influence, owning several businesses and casinos. He adopts sons and raise them into a gang to do the dirty work for him. Each son undergoes strict training in order to be chosen as the heir of the mafia business. Tian Yin (Zhou Yu Tong) is a naive girl who decided to visit her friend in the southern island. However, she accidentally becomes a hostage in a gang fight, believing that the gang fight was a part of a drama shoot.

I started this webdrama a couple of days ago, and finished it very quick. I was completely obsessed with this drama.  I never planned to watch this drama until one of the OSTs randomly popped up on my YouTube recommendation feed.  After watching, I immediately started watching the drama.  Alright, I anticipated watching this drama as a guilty pleasure sort of drama, mainly for the romance between the main couple, but I should have known that the mafia business and police would also take up a lot of the story. It was more melodramatic than what I thought it was going to be.

The music in the trailer gives off a mysterious and ominous atmosphere, and I love it.  I love watching Chinese historical dramas, but I think Chinese crime/detective dramas are starting to replace my favorite genre, especially the dark melodramatic ones. My favorite one, so far, is Love Me if You Dare. In both Love Me if You Dare and Cambrian Period, I like how the screen looks dark and sort of washed out/has a lower contrast(?). The way the drama is filmed makes me feel the dark and mysterious mood of the dramas. I was surprised that Cambrian Period was a webdrama since it was so enjoyable to watch. I was so excited to watch Seige in the Fog/Color of Night(another crime/detective drama) but unfortunately, airing has been pushed back to the end December or perhaps, next year.  If you happen to know of any good crime/detective Chinese dramas, please let me know!

The ending OST might be the most beautiful OST that I’ve ever heard. I’ve had this song on repeat all week.

Hou Ming Hao also sings one of the OST tracks.

Unfortunately, I could only find Vietnamese dubs for the majority of this drama. I was so sad that there was no English and barely any Vietnamese subs available. I really do not like Vietnamese dub, especially if it is with only one person dubbing every character in a monotone voice. Hopefully, English subs will come out soon!

Jian Zi (Hou Ming Hao aka Hou Neo) is one of Shi Li’s adopted sons. He is different than his brothers in that he is kind and innocent. He lives by the sea, running a small bar. However, he has another identity, Lian Bu, a masked assassin.

This was my first drama with him in it. As a new actor, he is pretty solid in his acting! He has a baby face that allows Jian Zi’s adorable and naive character to come out well, but makes it harder for him to act as an assassin and gang member. I’m looking forward to watching his other dramas and his upcoming movie, Monkey King 3!

HE WAS A SM TRAINEE RUMORED FOR NCT! Neo is absolutely adorable.  I normally do not fall for baby faces, but there’s something about him that made me fall. I cannot even imagine how I would be if he actually debuted with NCT. Honestly, he would probably be my bias. He was in a Chinese boy band and released some singles, so I’ll probably be checking them out soon.  I’m also thinking of watching the Baby Let Me Go show he starred with other popular celebrities such as Jackson Wang from GOT7 and Henry Lau from Super Junior, taking care of kids. I think I just developed a celebrity crush after this drama.  Continue reading

I Started a Medical Journey Journal

The journey to become a physician is an extremely long route. In order to be a physician, typically, you must complete high school, earn a four year bachelor degree in undergrad, complete four years of medical school, and then finish up 3-5 years of residency. We’re looking at about 30 years before students can become official doctors, that is without considering any breaks or gap years.

In order to stay on top of my journey, I decided to create a Medical Journey Journal. I absolutely love planning ahead. In this journal, I separate the journal into three sections: Pre-Med, Medical School, and Residency. Whenever, I find some important tips or information, I would write them down in this journal. I highly recommend students to create a journal that details education and life plans.

 

I use a very inexpensive composition notebook as my journal. Composition notebooks are well bounded, which make sure that none of my papers would fall out and avoid uncomfortable writing, unlike spiral notebooks.

I applied two Avery Multiuse Ultra tabs labeled: Medical School and Residency. These Avery tabs are extremely durable and makes finding my different sections easier.

In the front cover of my notebook, I taped on some business cards that I received from my college advisers and some medical school advisers/specialists.

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In this section, I firstly list off all my shadowing, volunteering, and experiences I have accomplished thus far so that I can refer back to when I write up resumes. I also have lists of possible shadowing, volunteering, and internships taped in for future references. Then, I have a list of goals that I would like to accomplish before entering medical school.

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Following, I have the MCAT specifications. In the next pages, I have requirements necessary to complete my biochemistry/pre-med major as well as graduating with honors. Additionally, I have some prerequisites for pharmacy as my back up plan.

Next, I have a diagram of different types of loans, scholarship information, and financial aids that may be useful for my undergrad study.

At the end, I note all of my classes, grades, and awards I received for each semester. This allows me to keep on track with my GPA goals.  Continue reading

Drama Review: Scarlet Heart Ryeo – Moonlovers

UPDATED: I completely forgot to add the trailer and my favorite OSTs!

I know it has been a while since I last wrote a drama review.
I just finished some dramas so I shall have more popping up soon!

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Ep: 20

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo is a remake of the Chinese popular drama, Scarlet Heart, that was based on the novel Bu Bu Jing Xin. Scarlet Heart Ryeo was a drama full of flower boys.

e0629f4d2c79d2e93f60d578770b23afGo Ha Jin (IU) is a modern day woman who drowns in a lake during an eclipse. As a result, she travels back in time to the reign of Gwangjong as Hae Soo. She is an innocent and idealistic girl, who lives with her distant cousin’s family. In this era, there was one particular king that succeeded the throne, with the cost of killing his brothers. With little snippets of old history, Hae Soo must find the evil brother and save the rest from death.

This summer, I got the chance to rewatch this drama with my sister, who was watching it for the first time. (She certainly enjoyed it!) Someone was cutting the onions again.

Here are some of my favorite OSTs! But honestly, I love them all! There are almost 15 OST songs for this drama, and each one is so beautiful!






The last one was definitely a tearjerker.

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Wang Soo (Lee Jun Ki) is the fourth prince, who has been sent to Shinju, a foreign nation, at a young age. He was practically a hostage. Also known as “Wolf Dog,” he is feared for he has killed wolves. He wears a mask on his face to hide the scar on his face that his birth mother gave him. Because he was different from other princes, he is often ignored and misunderstood. He hated himself and all those who would not accept him.

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Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul) is the eight prince. He was demoted, but returned to his prince status by marriage to a powerful family. He is caring, intelligent, and thoughtful. As a son of his father’s concubine, he carries a heavy burden of protecting his mother and sister from others with great political power. Continue reading

Freshman Dorm Tour

I was messaging my older sister the other day and found some old pictures of my dorm that I shared with her when I just moved in. I thought that this would be perfect to share for curious high school students and entering freshmen!

I lived in a dorm with private bathrooms. I shared a room with one roommate. In the next room, two of my suite mates shared a room. The bathroom connects the two rooms together.

I’ll like to apologize for the unrealistic yellow lighting ahead of time! If I could, I would use white light.

The toilet stall is the only part of the bathroom that has a private door. The bedroom doors leading to the bathroom have locks. However, the bathroom leading to the rooms do not have locks. Basically, this means that I could not prevent my roommates from walking in while I’m doing my bathroom business; however, I can prevent my suite mates from entering my bedroom.

Each room had a designated sink. Each of us had a shower caddy, that easily allow us to bring our bathroom products back and forth. One thing that I’m going to miss is how fast the water turns hot and cold.

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I apologize for my messy bed. I was still organizing my belongings. 🙂

My roommate and I decided not to bunk our beds. I decided to leave my bed at the lowest height rather than lofting it. The bed was about 4ft above the ground. This allow me to have extra storage below the bed. I appreciated that they provided drawers for students. Unfortunately, I’m 4’10.5″ It was more troublesome getting in and out of the bed than I would like. I’m also a roller when I sleep, so falling off the bed was not so great either. 😂

If you have the money, I ENCOURAGE you to get a mattress topper. Definitely, would save you some backaches and make your bed more comfortable!

The walls were very prickly for some reason. I heard someone woke up with bloody arms 😂 I did manage to decorate my wall with pictures of my friends, friends’ drawings, and my Korean biases after my photo session. I apologize for the absence of wall pictures.  Continue reading